[vcf-midatlantic] The Transistor......Re: Evan @ IFIP

Dan Roganti ragooman at gmail.com
Fri May 27 08:38:19 EDT 2016

On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 9:45 PM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> They took us on a private tour of the old Bell Labs (now it's Nokia, which
> bought Alcatel-Lucent) in Murray Hill NJ today. We spent a couple of hours
> there. Photos were not allowed. Among many highlights, we saw the room
> where they perfected (not "invented") the transistor

​I bet you didn't say that _while_ you were visiting there :)
And I would hardly call it perfected.
As most academics often overlook the technical aspects.
Where the 1925 FET is a voltage operated device
whereas the Bell Labs Transistor is a current operated device.
Two completely different animals
​Also, you how many of the innovations occurred in the past
A lot of it was based on popularity, just look at Edison/Telsa
And the 1925 FET was hardly on anyone's "radar"
otherwise why did they spend the next 30yrs with vacuum tube computers
iso of researching and developing that new innovation further.
But it also had mostly to do with making the planar process practical
enough to mass produce.

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